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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Medtronic PLC's research and development for the three months ended in Apr. 2015 was $528 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2015 was $1,640 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Medtronic PLC Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2015 was 365 (Jul. 2014 ) + 374 (Oct. 2014 ) + 373 (Jan. 2015 ) + 528 (Apr. 2015 ) = $1,640 Mil.
* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Medtronic PLC Annual Data
|Research & Development||1,113||1,239||1,275||1,355||1,460||1,472||1,490||1,557||1,477||1,640|
Medtronic PLC Quarterly Data
|Research & Development||376||409||360||372||360||385||365||374||373||528|